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How to Make a Christmas Wreath from Scratch (With Video!)

Making fresh wreaths has quickly become one of my favorite holiday traditions. Using greenery from your garden and neighborhood, you can create a beautiful and local wreath to decorate your front door. Here’s how to make a Christmas wreath for your home.

How to Make a Christmas Wreath

every year we like to do this Hang a different Christmas wreath on our front door during the holidays. We’ve put together a collection of red berries, Christmas ornaments, peacock feathers, and square-shaped boxwood wreaths to match the trends of the holiday season, but my favorites are definitely the natural, fresh wreaths.

A fresh wreath creates a personalized work of art that smells as good as it looks. Florists and garden centers are wonderful places to find one to suit any style, but if you’re feeling adventurous, Homemade wreaths made from garden clippings or purchased greens can be most satisfying.

Given the current popularity of side space gardening, supplies are available for all types of flower planting. Evergreens, succulents, moss, and flower garlands make beautiful micro gardens that will suit almost any style or climate. Care will vary depending on what type of planting you decide to do, but with a few weekly mistings of a spray bottle, many plants will last for months, if not years.

Let’s learn how to make a Christmas wreath, shall we?

Fresh wreath on light wooden door
I like to use lots of different leaves for lots of texture.

Watch the wreath making video!

Follow along with me as I create my own fresh wreaths from scratch.

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How to Make a Christmas Wreath

my favorite style is Wild and local. I look for all types of greenery beyond the traditional holly and pine (though I love those too!) and incorporate lots of color into my wreaths. The best part of learning how to make a Christmas wreath is that you can really design it in your style.


Make it!

step 1: Gather a variety of leaves, berries, twigs, pinecones, ribbon and anything else you want to add to your garland. Some evergreen cuttings that work very well are holly, cedar, cotoneaster, pine, pieris, boxwood, laurel, camellia, fir, cypress and magnolia.

I love separating the needles from the broad leaves and changing colors, But a wreath made entirely of a single type of leaves can be incredibly dramatic. Additionally, think about adding herbs like rosemary, sage, and lavender to the leaves to add another delightful scent.

How to Make a Christmas Wreath from Grape Vines
The size of your grapevine garland will determine the size of your finished wreath.

step 2: Using the grapevine garland as your base (you can buy one or create your own), Start by Choosing a Firm Branch With a stem that’s thick enough that it won’t bend easily. Insert other cuttings of individual leaves on top and gather the bunch in your hand. Cut off any long stems.

Bundle fresh evergreen plants to make a wreath
Save time by making all your small clippings ahead of time.

step 3: using twine, bunch and wrap around grape vine together a few times until secure. For the first bunch, tie a knot in the twine to hold it in place, but do not cut the end of the twine.

Adding fresh greens to the wreath
Wrap it around the bunch a few times first, then wrap the bunch with the grape garland.

step 4: Gather another bunch of leaves. Lay out this bunch, overlapping the previous twine, securing the first bunch of the wreath. Wrap the twine a few times around the base of the new tuft and set it down.

Adding Bundles to Wreaths
Overlap in different directions for a more natural look.

Continue adding leaves Secure the previous bunch in the wreath by overlapping and twining until there are no more gaps to fill.

A DIY Fresh Wreath
Use different leaves in different bunches to mix things up.

Step 5: Secure the last bunch by Pick leaves slowly from the first bunch And pressing the stems under it. Secure with twine and tie the final bunch with a few knots.

How to Make a Fresh Christmas Wreath
Use your first bunch to hide the string from your last bunch.

Step 6: Now, take a final look at the wreath. you can add some more green vegetables To flatten the design or add some embellishments like a pinecone (using). florist wire to attach them), berries, ribbon, or even ornaments. Feel free to trim uncontrolled areas as well.

How to Make a Fresh Wreath
You can always add more and trim later.

Step 7: Stop by and enjoy!

An Easy Homemade Christmas Wreath
Your wreath is ready to welcome guests!

FAQs About Making a Christmas Wreath

How long will a fresh wreath last?

I make the wreath in November and it lasts until March. I live in Vancouver, so there’s a lot of rain and humidity outside to keep the wreath hydrated.

Is there anything you can do to make a fresh wreath last longer?

I don’t do anything extra to my wreath, but if you live in a hot and dry climate, you can try moistening your wreath with water daily. Before making your wreath, let your clippings sit in water for a few hours so they are hydrated before you trim them.

there are also spray preservatives You can use this to help keep your wreath hydrated.

Can I keep fresh floral arrangements indoors?

It will dry more quickly indoors due to the heat, but you can definitely keep it indoors.

Can you make fresh wreaths using yew?

Yew is poisonous and its needles can rot very quickly. This is one of the few that I recommend skipping in this post.

Can I use wire instead of twine to make fresh garland?

I like twine (it’s compostable!), but wire should work just fine too. Use whatever you have.

fresh christmas wreath

A final word on creating a perfect wreath: Just have fun with it. Experimenting with different leaves can make a wreath traditional or modern, rooted or wild, themed or everyday.

Special thanks to the wonderful neighborhood girls who provided all the leaves, wine and dishes along with the annual wreath making afternoon.

More ideas for Christmas decorations

How to Make a Christmas Wreath

Create a fresh wreath using greenery from your garden and neighborhood.

  • Gather all your clippings and separate them into groups. Holly, cedar, pine, cedar, cypress, laurel, magnolia, boxwood, camellia, and pieris are all good choices.

  • Choose a sturdy branch with a thick stem for the base, and add a few more individual leaves at the top. Cut off any long stems.

  • Wrap the twine around the base of the bundle two-three times before attaching it to the grape vine and wrapping the twine around the wreath. Tie a knot to keep it in place. Do not cut the twine.

  • Repeat the last step, overlapping the bundles around the wreath.

  • Secure the final bunch by gently lifting the first bunch and tucking the stems underneath it. Before cutting, secure it with twine and tie it.

  • Hang the wreath and cut off any unruly parts. Add decorations if you like or leave it as is.

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